Natural Sciences Undergraduate Programs

Degrees Offered

Minors

Requirements for Admission to the Freshman Year

High school chemistry and mathematics through trigonometry

Admission to Upper Division Requirements

  1. A completed application with essay must be submitted to the Natural Sciences Department by the date published in the academic calendar.
  2. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 earned at the end of the sophomore year. Biochemistry majors pursuing pre-professional studies must earn an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 at the end of the sophomore year.
  3. Minimum grade of C earned in lectures and labs as follows:

ALL BIOLOGY PROGRAMS

  • BIO109-110
  • CHE110-111; 301-302
  • MTH134 (if required as prerequisite to MTH144)
  • NSC231
  • Six credits of 300-level Biology may be substituted for CHE301-302. An additional 3 credits of 300-level Biology may be substituted for NSC231.

BIOCHEMISTRY PROGRAM

  • BIO109-110
  • CHE110-111; 301-302
  • MTH134 (if required as prerequisite to MTH144)
  • NSC231
  • Biochemistry majors pursuing pre-professional studies must also earn a minimum of C in MTH144.
  • NOTE: In place of NSC231, an additional 3 credit hours of Chemistry at the 300 level, with a grade of C or better, may be substituted.

NATURAL SCIENCE PROGRAMS

Environmental Studies specialization

  • BIO109-110
  • CHE110-111; 301-302
  • MTH134 (if required as prerequisite to MTH144)
  • NSC231
  • Six credits of 300 level Biology may be substituted for CHE301-302.
  • An additional 3 credits of 300 level Biology may be substituted for NSC231.

Forensic Science specialization

  • BIO109-110
  • CHE110-111
  • MTH134
  • NSC231
  • 6 credit hours of Biology or Chemistry at the 300-level or above.

Health Sciences specialization

  • BCH317
  • BIO109-110
  • CHE110-111
  • MTH134
  • NSC231
  • 3 credit hours of 300-level or above Biology or Chemistry.
  • An additional 3 credit hours of 300-level Biology or Chemistry with C or better may be substituted for NSC231.

Individualized Studies track

  • BIO109-110
  • CHE110-111
  • MTH134 (if required as prerequisite to MTH144)
  • NSC231
  • 6 credit hours of Biology or Chemistry at the 300-level or above.
  • An additional 3 credit hours of Biology or Chemistry at the 300-level may be substituted for NSC231.

Requirements for Student Teaching

  1. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.55
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 2.55 in all courses in the major
  3. Apply for Student Teaching, usually at the end of the third year
  4. Be recommended for student teaching by the Chairs of the Education and Natural Sciences departments.

Graduation Requirements

  1. A minimum grade of C in all Science courses and MTH144.
  2. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.00. Biochemistry majors pursuing pre-professional studies must earn an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00.

Requirements for Recommendation for Admission to Professional Schools

Senior Status in Pre-Professional program; a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and an average of B earned in mathematics and science courses in the first three years.

Pre-Professional Studies

Although no specific major is required to apply for postgraduate study in any of the medical fields (e.g. medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, osteopathy, optometry, etc.), certain courses are recognized as beneficial to students considering such career options. These are the basis for the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a Pre-Professional specialization. Professional programs in medically related fields give preference to students who have completed courses in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and English. Also helpful are courses in biochemistry, biostatistics and genetics.

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